I fyou look at the political tradition of Upper Midwest, it would not be too difficult to answer this question. Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are the center of the Populist-Progressive movement in the early 1900's. These did not come out of the cities so much as from the rural countryside. This region gave us the first republican anti-slavery candidate (John C. Fremont, Wisconsin), the rural co-op, kindergartens, and the extension system, among many other progressive ideas. As a region, it is still fairly ethnically homogeneous, coming from northern Europe. (Note the general "liberal" nature of Scandanavian countries.) Seventy percent of Wisconsin residents have German ancestry. It is also worth noting that schools from these three states are consistently ranked the best in the country, and their students have the highest ACT and SAT scores. Intelligent people are more likely to be liberal.Originally posted by Kovanovich
Though many will criticize Tommy Thompson and Jesse Ventura, a republican and an independent, they embodied some of the character of the region. Both introduced sweeping new changes into state government, pioneering new approaches to services delivered by the states. The Upper Midwest likes change. It likes progress.
(That's Wisconsin's state motto.)